Yara Shahidi gets her very own Barbie. Celebrating its 60th anniversary and International Women’s Month, Barbie made a doll to honour actress/activist Yara Shahidi along with model/activist Adwoa Aboah, tennis champ Naomi Osaka and more.
At just 19 years old, Shahidi is a force to be reckoned with.
From rallying people to get informed and register to vote to using her show Grown-ish to explore issues affecting young people, she really is a role model, not only to young girls, but people of all ages.
So when it came for Barbie to create their new round of ‘Shero’ dolls, a line that empowers young girls, Shahidi was the perfect choice.
The new collection of dolls coincides with Barbie Dream Gap Project, a global initiative that helps young girls reach their potential.
The actress explained that she styled her own outfit for the doll, opting for a suit with a t-shirt with a ‘vote’ slogan.
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, she said: “Yes, I did. I live in suits; it’s one of my favourite looks. I love wearing a suit, and so this was actually designed off of one that I wore a while back. Then my ‘Vote’ t-shirt I’m always wearing. It’s a t-shirt and a suit, I feel so fancy.”
She went on to praise Aboah, 26, saying: “What’s very cool is I can genuinely turn to so many of the women that are in this [Barbie] collection of people who have inspired me.
“I mean, Adwoa (Aboah) is incredible and I’ve been so fortunate to not only work alongside her, but to be in conversation with her. She’s somebody I admire. ”
Yara Shahidi gets her very own Barbie